On May 27, 1933, Walt Disney introduced us to the animated short, Three Little Pigs. Based on a fairy tale of the same name, it was the first Disney cartoon to be fully conceived on storyboards, rather than sketches that give an overview of each scene.
The film became an instant hit. Three Little Pigs was so successful, many US theaters ran it for months.
In 1934, Three Little Pigs won an Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons. And the film, books and characters’ popularity experienced continued success. It was ranked #11 of the 50 Greast Cartoons in 1994, and, in 2007, the film was added to the United States National Film Registry for preservation.
Today we can relive this fantastic short – thanks to the Internet. Take a look:
As with most films, even short ones, Three Little Pigs hit a few bumps in the road:
- The cartoon was test-screened by a group of Disney employees. One thought the word “lousy” was unacceptable, so the line was cut from the film.
- The original version featured the wolf dressed as a Jewish peddler. This was later excised and the part was re-animated with the wolf being a Fuller Brush man. The American TV edit redubbed the wolf’s voice (he at first had a Yiddish accent) so he would not sound “stereotypically” Jewish.
- In the film, the wolf said, “I’m the Fuller Brush Man… I’m giving a free sample.” In video releases, this was changed to, “I’m the Fuller Brush Man… I’m working my way through college.”
But even with concerns of stereotyping (which led to some levels of censorship), the tale is considered to be culturally significant. Even today, the pigs are a staple in early childhood reading and viewing.
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